See also: New Ideas in Agriculture | Series: A Year on the Farm | Series: Farmers Under 40 | Series: Hispanic Farm Workers
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In the last month alone, Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued no fewer than 11 press releases about agriculture in New York State. There was a 72% increase in the number of farm-based alcohol licenses, to produce and sell beer, liquor, cider, and wine....
I really don't know what took me so long, but last year was the first time I attended a mainstay of the Ottawa gardening scene, something called Seedy Saturday. Twelve months later it's back, so I'd like to share particulars for the 2014 event:...
Yesterday I talked with Amy Ivy (of Coop. Extension) about a neat event in Plattsburgh Saturday afternoon that’ll bring people who want to eat local food together with people who produce food, local food, even in this dead part of...
That headline's a little factoid I culled from the trailer for new a documentary about bees and the mystery of colony collapse. It's called More Than Honey, and it's playing tonight at Potsdam's Roxy Theater at 7:15pm. If the trailer (at the bottom...
Yesterday, the USDA released its first run of data from the census of agriculture conducted in 2012. It's the first time we've had new numbers about what's happening on farms in five years. I summarized the snapshot in my story this morning. Here...
Mar 7, 2014 — Six state attorneys general are suing California over its law on how hens are housed. Among those most worried: Pig farmers who fear the state will push through sweeping changes on pig stalls next.
Mar 3, 2014 — The court's decision means the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch, which has spent millions defending laws that make it illegal to rent to undocumented immigrants, has reached the end of this legal road.
Feb 25, 2014 — A study argues that if we want to cut emissions from meat production, we should help farmers produce more meat with less land. Farmers also need incentives not to cut down forests to graze animals.
Feb 25, 2014 — Farmers in California face hard choices as a drought threatens to ruin their crops. A striking photo shows Northern California's Folsom Lake at only 17 percent of its capacity.
Feb 22, 2014 — During the state's profound drought, farmers are keep their fields flooded to make temporary wetlands for migrating birds. They serve as pop-up pit stops to help birds put on fat for their journeys.
Farm to Farm, Family to Family: David Sommerstein travels with NC dairy farmers to a Mexican village many of their migrant workers call home.
A Year on the Farm
In this monthly feature series, David Sommerstein follows life in the barn, on the fields, and in the farmhouse through the changing seasons on the Andrews dairy farm near Gouverneur NY. This series won the 2006 "Cap" Creal Journalism Award from the New York Agricultural Society.
Hispanic Workers on North Country Farms
Five years ago, just a handful of farmers in the North Country employed Hispanic workers. Now many use workers from Latin America. The transition can be a bumpy one, for farmers and for the people they hire. David Sommerstein tells their stories in this ongoing series.
Beekeepers facing new challenges
Lucy Martin visits with Ontario beekeeper Terry McEvoy and talks about colony collapse disorder and other apiary ailments that raise concerns about the food supply.
Sights & Sounds of the Dairy Princess Parade
We go to the sidelines of one of the big events on the annual dairy calendar, the St. Lawrence County Dairy Princess Parade in Canton. Fire engines, tractors, and floats rolled down Main Street on Saturday.
Diversifying North Country Farms
NCPR reporter David Sommestein's series on diversifying North Country farming won the 2003 Cap Creal Journalism Award from the New York State Agricultural Society.
Dairy Farming in the North Country
The time seemed right to look at the challenges facing dairy in the North Country. In part 1 we look at the price of milk, as seen through the eyes of one mid-size dairy farmer. In part 2 we visit a cheese manufacturer proposing drastic changes in the way North Country farmers do business. David Sommerstein reports.
A Barn-Raising in Upper Jay (Real 6:23)
These days, most new barns are built quickly with steel frames and sheet-metal siding. But some landowners are taking a little more time, using methods and materials passed down over hundreds of years.
Saving New York's Historic Barns
Some of New York's oldest barns are getting facelifts. Todd Moe visited a Canton family's 1820 English threshing barn slated for restoration.